Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Chelsea step up pursuit of Leicester City's Danny Drinkwater

Chelsea step up pursuit of Leicester City's Danny Drinkwater

Drinkwater signed a new four-year contract with Leicester City only last summer but Conte is quite determined to sign the midfielder and it will come as no surprise if he does manage to clinch a deal.

The 27-year-old is open to a move to the capital but is facing the prospect of being on the bench in favour of Blues midfielders N'Golo Kante, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Cesc Fabregas, who are higher on the pecking order.

Antonio Conte fancies bringing England worldwide Drinkwater to Stamford Bridge in an effort to add numbers to his threadbare squad.

However, it would appear that Leicester City boss Shakespeare has no intention of letting one of his club's prized assets leave the King Power Stadium this summer.

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"Of course, we don't want to be a selling club, we want to add to what we've already got ... someone could bid and we'd turn it down and we get on with it".

"We don't want to sell our best players". The speculation is always going to be out there at this time of year. The former also has only 12 months remaining on his current deal and has asked for a move away from Goodison Park.

Drinkwater will miss Leicester's first game of the season against Arsenal at the Emirates with a thigh injury but Riyad Mahrez could feature on Friday (11 August).

It is understood that Drinkwater's bid will be submitted this week while the London side prepare to bring three players to the Premier League title winners.

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Earlier this week, Mahrez admitted his future was in his club's hands.

"The application from the players has been good as well and I think we have got the fitness into them".

'I can only speak on how I've found him coming back, he has been focussed and driven, ' said Shakespeare.

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